Earlier this year I had the opportunity to see the movie “Lion.” Maybe you saw it as well. It’s the incredible (true) story of Saroo Brierly, a 5-year old boy who gets separated from his family in India.
He spends several terrifying months wandering the streets of Kolkata, subsisting by eating discarded food, drinking from faucets and fleeing from gangs intent on abducting him. “There was no salvation…” he said. “The only thing you could do is try and survive a day at a time.” More than two decades later, Brierley would eventually reunite with his birth mother following a painstaking search for a hometown he barely remembered using Google Earth. It’s an incredible story and one with a happy ending.
Unfortunately, for thousands of girls in India the story does not end so well. After being sold or abducted, they are forced into the commercial sex trade and experience a life of abuse and hopelessness that is so horrific that it defies comprehension. At New Horizons House, we are committed to standing up for these girls who have no other voice. Thanks to you, we were able to break ground on our girls’ dormitory and admin/kitchen building in late May. I’ve included a couple of photos here and, as always, you can see more on our website (www.newhorizonshouse.org).